Gréczy-blog: Slipping into civil war

greczyIt is certain that the prime minister will do whatever he can to hold on to his power. If, however, as many of us hope, there will be a new government in 2014, the opposition will also do whatever it can to push the country into a civil war. The signs are already there. Demonstrations against a well-known right-wing journalist took place in front of the Fidesz party-centre. The banners, which awaited the protesters, were full of contortions, and references to Jews. Recently, banners ridiculing the poor and the desperate, awaited the members of the „Hunger-march". The government just cannot grasp that the people are desperate and the snapping point is coming ever closer. The students are taken in by the deceptions of the government, and terrorised by the thugs of 2006. Should they prove too unruly, data are gathered about their personal backgrounds. In the Hungary of Viktor Orbán, the innocent are sitting in the dock (Sukoró, Ibolya Dávid, Károly Herényi), while the chief public prosecutor gets away with impunity for organising show-case trials reminiscent of the 1950s. Is it any surprise then that the only party which does not want to reveal the past, is the governing Fidesz? Orbán knows that he must win in order to survive. That is why he is giving away millions of taxpayers' money to former communists, now friends, like the newspaper owner Gábor Széles or his journalist, Zsolt Bayer. This is why he is so adamant to have Péter Polt and György Matolcsy by his side. Concessions to the opposition are not allowed, as it is a sign of weakness. It is either him or them. The way he is governing the country fits perfectly well with his philosophy: "We have to win only once, but win big time." The sad thing is that the prime minister can run amok because he is not in the least bothered by the opposition. Fidesz is ready for the next battle: with lands, tender money, oligarchs, his very own police, media empire, football thugs and his core supporters. In the meantime, what does the opposition do? They are fighting each other, watching how the prime minister is getting crazier and crazier by the day, while the country is slipping into despondency. Maybe a common show of strength on the 15th of March wouldn't be such a bad idea after all...